LETTERS: Reids selectively support prosecution


To the editor:

Nevada’s famous Reid family — U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and son Rory Reid — stated that they believe Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy should be prosecuted for breaking federal law. It is good to see that the Reid family favors prosecuting lawbreakers.

Does this mean that the Reid family will now: actively support prosecuting illegal aliens for breaking our immigration laws; support prosecuting IRS employees for targeting conservative groups; support prosecuting federal personnel who were behind the Fast and Furious gun-smuggling debacle; support prosecuting Attorney General Eric Holder for not prosecuting all federal lawbreakers; and support prosecuting President Barack Obama for his failure to live up to his oath of office to faithfully execute the office of the president of the United States, which includes enforcement of all laws — not just the ones he likes?

I didn’t think so, either.

STEVEN G. HAYES SR.

LAS VEGAS

Bad example

To the editor:

Perhaps I don’t see the situation between Cliven Bundy, his armed militia supporters and the Bureau of Land Management as clearly as others, but some truths which poke through the issue are unassailable. First, Mr. Bundy has not paid fees imposed on his use of public land for private grazing rights. Second, Mr. Bundy and his militia men and women apparently feel that they are above the law.

The most disturbing part of this confrontation, however, is the message that it sends, namely that the U.S. government is the enemy, not to be trusted, and that the best way to deal with it is through a shooting gallery rather than civil courts. The truth is, if indeed might makes right, the self-important militia cowboys wouldn’t get very far if it came to protecting civil rights through warfare with an agency of the U.S. federal government.

What kind of example does the armed swaggering in defiance of the law set for anyone old enough to read and hear the news? Unfortunately, the example it sets is that it’s OK to ignore the law when it becomes inconvenient to live by. The Bundy episode is not so much about bleeding-heart environmentalists as it is about carrying the heavy burden of responsibility that goes along with being an American.

JOHN ESPERIAN

LAS VEGAS

Bundy should face jail

To the editor:

Just because Cliven Bundy’s ancestors mooched off of American soil does not automatically allow him to do the same. The public should be outraged at his thievery of grazing cattle on federal lands without paying grazing fees.

On top of that, Mr. Bundy joins with militia members, or so-called domestic terrorists, from around the country to fight for his constitutional right. The Bundy fiefdom is trampling on the Constitution by totally disregarding any rules and regulations the honorable people of this country live by.

What is wrong with this picture? Any other American who owes the government as much as Mr. Bundy does would be in jail by now for a long time — and rightly so.

DORIS MAIN

LAS VEGAS

Reid, Bundy, immigration

To the editor:

Sen. Harry Reid has weighed in on the Cliven Bundy range war, having been quoted as saying, “We can’t have American people who violate the law, then just walk away from it.” I believe in a constitutionally limited federal government, but I think Sen. Reid has a valid point. We are, after all, a nation of laws.

However, what I find most difficult to understand is that this same senator has championed the idea that people in this country illegally should not only be able to walk away from immigration laws, but that they should also be able to walk on to a path to American citizenship.

That a Nevada senator is more supportive of illegal immigrants than he is of a longtime Nevadan and U.S. citizen is beyond the pale.

It is time for Sen. Reid to be retired.

JOHN WELCH

HENDERSON

 

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